Students, friends, family, and devout science nerds converged on Echo Charter School on April 11 to enjoy what was perhaps the biggest Science Fair in the school’s twenty-year history. Over sixty students in grades 7 through 12 displayed their labors of love in a wide variety of experiments and deep studies, ranging from psychology-based experiments to physics to green energy to human physiology. Students undertook a rigorous process that required them to strictly adhere to the tenets of the Scientific Method. That is, they were accountable for ensuring that they conducted multiple trials, explained independent variables, documented and reported data, and determined whether their hypotheses were correct. They also produced a lengthy lab report, a wide variety of interesting visuals, and were judged during two formal presentations. Of the sixty-plus projects, sixteen of them met a distinguished achievement benchmark; those students will receive blue ribbons at Echo Charter’s Awards Day, to be held the last day of school. Commented ECS Director Jason VanEngen, “It’s been really rewarding to see the kids get into their projects so much! Even students who claim they aren’t ‘science fans’ took this rigorous project very seriously and came up with some excellent ideas.” Deep investigations have been a hallmark of Echo’s science classes all year, with Chemistry, Biology, and Earth and Life Science students conducting experiments, dissections, and engaging in dialogue about the scientific world around them. The final major project of the year—which will be resumed this fall—is a deep study into wind power and its potential applications in Echo. Students are constructing a mini wind turbine and will collect wind speed data, enabling them to begin an analysis on the efficacy of a local wind turbine in the future.